!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
The Sound of Rain
by Gregg Olsen
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 13 December 2016
Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.
As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes everything about that case felt off: a disinterested mom, a suicidal pedophile, and too many questions left unanswered. When the little girl’s grieving father begs Nicole for help, she’s drawn back into the investigation…and given one shot at redemption.
But the deeper Nicole digs, the more evil she uncovers, including betrayals that hit painfully close to home. Will a shocking discovery be the key to finally getting justice for Kelsey and resurrecting her own life?
Straightforward is certainly a word I would not use to describe this book. It is all about layers. In The Sound of Rain, we have seemingly perfect families, a seemingly simple mystery and seemingly straightforward criminals. Following Nicole as she slowly unravels those layers―the layers that make up people’s personalities, their motives, their desires, and the mystery―was certainly one hell of a suspenseful ride.
I didn’t like Nicole at first. She has a very subservient nature, allowing others (i.e.: her sister, Danny) to control her easily. However, she does have a rebellious side, as can be seen from when she continues to look into the case despite it being officially closed and even called Danny out on faking a suspect’s confession. Unfortunately for her, this just led to her downfall.
She lost her job, which caused her to fall deeper into her gambling addiction, and subsequently becomes homeless. Lost and with the guilt from not finding Kelsey’s true murderer lingering on her mind, she wanders from shelter to shelter. About a year later, Kelsey’s father finds Nicole and offers her to stay at his house if she would work with him to find the person who truly murdered Kelsey. She accepts the offer, jumping at a chance for redemption.
I know what will define me.
Kelsey. Finding out who killed her. It’s the reason I wake up in the morning. It’s the reason I’m here.
The plot twists in this book constantly divert readers’ attention from the true identity of the murderer. I had started watching Lucifer two weeks prior to reading this book so the murderer’s identity was not a surprise to me but that’s where I made a mistake. I thought that there was only one murderer, not two, and surely not three. Even if I did, I think their reveals would still have come across as a shock to me.
This book also explores humanity’s dark side. How people believe in their anonymity on the Internet and post whatever they want, stuff they would never say in real life, thinking that it would never be traced back to them. And how people’s deepest, darkest desires can drive them to do extreme things.
However, one or two more chapters would be nice as I’m still trying to make sense of the ending.
1. A key plot twist came to me in a dream.
2. Some of the backstory was inspired by real events.
3. This is my first novel for Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).
4. My wife thinks it’s my best fiction – and that’s saying a lot.
5. I’ve been to every place mentioned in the book.
6. The “sound” of rain is the noise gamblers say coins make when falling from old-time slot machines.
7. “Unraveled” was the working title.
8. Stacy is modeled after a person I used to work with. (I’ll never say who).
9. I set the story during Christmas time because that’s when I wrote it.
10. I can’t wait for you to read it.
Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner’s Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).
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